What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Unfortunately for all of the governors, they lack possession of a key resource that has become the crutch of reckless spending and ballooning government at the federal level: the money tree. Unlike Congress, state legislatures are forced to walk a delicate balance between direct taxation and their mandated expenditures and pet projects. Without the ability to create their own money and tax citizens through a hidden inflation tax, they (usually) must restrain themselves lest their constituents revolt and boot them out of office.
One might expect a partisan division from such a policy declaration, with Republicans (once the small-government, budget-balancing folk) castigating the President-elect for intervening in state affairs in such a way. Instead, we are witness to the homage and adoration paid by once-enemies-now-disciples such as Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who referred to Obama’s proposal as a “refreshing sense of collaboration“. Turns out it’s easy to buy friendship, cooperation, and agreement with money… who knew?
Obama and his team of “change” are ready and willing to harvest their ever-bearing federal money tree to subsidize the expansion of state government. This effect will be an echo of what Americans have witnessed at a federal level—namely, the lack of fiscal restraint, the funding of unnecessary (and usually un-Constitutional) programs, the increased inflationary burden upon every citizen, and the continual justification spewing forth from elected sycophants.
State-level politicians have long abided by the pearl of wisdom taught them by their mothers: “money doesn’t grow on trees”. With Obama’s help, they are now disbelieving this fundamental truism and extending their pockets for a handout. America, be warned: mo’ money, mo’ problems.